Asia Exchange Participant Reviews
The decision that changed my life
Submitted by Guillermo Tamborrel - ITAM | December 04, 2017
When I first thought of going abroad I was considering "fancy" universities and cities like Hong Kong or Singapore... just to realize beside being ridiculously expensive, I would be living in another hectic busy city as Mexico City. My true dream of studying in southeast Asia was mostly for the opportunity of travelling and visiting cities I had always fantasized on getting to know, one of the was Bali. It was during a night of insomia and a bit of existential crisis when I first googled "study in Bali"... and there it was, AsiaExchange´s website... that night I didn't slept at all. It was possible, it could actually be done! After stuggling with my univesity, it was only with AsiaExchange's support that I managed to be the first mexican ever to study in Bali! There aren't enough words to describe how thankfull I'm with AsiaExchange for making my semester abroad possible, not only they took me there but also they arranged my whole semester over there. Studying in Bali definitely changed my life. Living in a place where people fantasize on visiting goes beyond and possible explanation. Got the opportunity to live the nature, meet amazing people (including my current german-girlfriend haha) who I'm sure I'll treasure them the rest of my life and becoming a better person. Bali not only is affordable, yet is mesmerizing! Bali was a life-changing experience, now more than ever I can proudly say "Saya seorang mahasiswa universitas udayana"! (hint: something I learned over there haha. google it ;) )
Studying in Lombok- a cultural exchange in paradise
Submitted by Xenia - Humboldt University | October 20, 2017
I am currently studying at the University of Mataram in Lombok and absolutely love it! As we are only 15 international students at UNRAM, it's really easy to get into contact with local students and learn about culture and local people's life. In general you can't find mass tourism in Lombok, which makes it even a better experience. Most of us stay in Senggigi, which is about 30 min to University. Some guys share a villa, other prefer to live alone in a small apartment. You can easily find a great and cheap accommodation, close to one of the beautiful beaches here;). The program offered by Asia Exchange gives you the opportunity not only to study management subjects but also subjects like "Tourism in Southeast Asia" or "Indonesian History and Culture". There is also a Bahasa class, which we all love, as the teachers are awesome! Some language skills also helped us a lot in our all day life's and of course the locals liked it as well. The Asia exchange staff gave us lots of informations before and during the exchange, regarding visa, health, transport, accommodation, university, application process etc.. Everytime time I had a question or a request, they replied within view hours or max. one day. All in all it is a great experience and I can highly recommend the program! Especially when you can skip winter in Europe;)
Live your dream!
Submitted by Tytti - Savonia Univeristy of Applied Science | October 17, 2017
I did my exchange semester in Lombok in autumn 2016.
My exchange experience was absolutely amazing and I fell in love with Lombok! Not enough words to describe how happy I am that I decided to do it! I learnt many things about myself and everything around me. I got a chance to learn about new culture and country.
Rather than reading and dreaming about unforgettable adventures, why not to experience it all yourself!
Bali spring 2017
Submitted by Felicia - Udayana | October 15, 2017
I did my semester abroad in spring 2017. It was really the best time of my life. Asia Exchange was helping me a lot before, during and after the semester. Overall a great experience. Bali life is really cool. If you love sun, surf and party but also culture this is an amazing place. You can really choose your life style here. If you have the chance to go you should.
Best experience in my life
Submitted by Johanna Åhlander - Udayana University | October 03, 2017
Everything has been so great from the very beginning to the end! AsiaExchange was so informative and helped me with all my questions that I had before the semester. Bali has really caught my heart. I love the culture and all the friendly people, the beautiful nature and all of the adventures one can do. I recommended everyone to study here because you won't regret it!
Combine studies and experiences
Submitted by Filip - Udayana university | October 03, 2017
The best part of this semester is the opportunity to combine your studies with lifelong experiences. Since there is mandatory lectures three days a week you have plenty of time to experience the island and culture.
Experienced another perspective to everyday life
Submitted by Minna - - | March 22, 2016
The course program in Guangzhou is well conceived of in principle, but there should be greater coordination between teachers concerning the content of the language courses in order to avoid overlaps. Overall the international office worked very hard to ensure that we are safe and have a good time. Some things are bound to be different from what you're used to. The whole purpose of studying abroad is to experience another perspective to everyday life, which also means experiencing things that go against your assumptions and expectations. Instead of struggling against the differences, try to understand why they exist.
Interesting three months in Shanghai
Submitted by Andrea - - | March 22, 2016
I am thankful for the opportunity to study and spend an interesting three months in Shanghai. I appreciated the easy application process that made it possible to go abroad to study in a short time. Thanks for the very interesting lectures at the university. I was very satisfied with the speakers. They have discussed always very interesting topics with us. It would have been nice to make some small evening party with all new students after orientation day in Shanghai. To meet unofficially all new people, to make new contacts.
Experienced new things
Submitted by Julia - - | March 22, 2016
I met a lot new people and made a lots of friends. Kuala Lumpur is a great place to travel around Asia from. Asia is totally different compared to Europe so I experienced new things and I'm more open minded now. Maybe there should be more activities for exchange students. Information flow in UPM needs to improve, but things in Asia are of course handled differently than in Europe. Managing things with AE was very easy and I always got answers to my questions.
It was very interesting and eye-opening thing!
Submitted by Anni - - | March 22, 2016
Of course this semester would not have been as great as it was without all the amazing students! I am happy to say that I made some lifelong friends in Malaysia. Travelling around the Southeast Asia made me grow as a person, and realize I can survive on my own. At university I learned a lot about different topics, but also about myself.